Samsung and Acer have been fully invested in Google’s Chromebook and enterprise/school sales have been pretty tremendous. While the Chromebook may be a consumer flop, there have been millions sold by the truck-load to enterprises.
Lenovo are growing at such a rate it’s incredible. In the past few years they have went from near obscurity in the US and Europe to one of the biggest PC/laptop manufacturers. They have been able to grow a solid business on a consumer level and enterprise level.
The question now is will Lenovo see the opportunity with the Chromebook. Not all of Google’s partners in the mobile field have decided this was the right option. Lenovo might see the power of the enterprise where others shrug it off.
The Chromebook essentially works as a netbook but your Google account can connect to everything a lot easier. No heavy applications can be added, like Photoshop or FL Studio. You have the Chrome Web Store for applications.
Enterprise level can make applications specifically for the students, like notebooks and notifications on deadlines. Google already has Docs, Sheets and Slides (Word, Powerpoint and Excel).
With huge demand for the Chromebook at enterprise level, Lenovo may be swayed to turn their back on a fully Windows workbench. This will obviously be a huge move as Lenovo are one of the biggest distributors of Windows 8.
We suspect Lenovo will bring the Chromebook out at $199 – 299 and possibly a premium version for $399. We are unsure when it will be released, but we suspect sometime near the end of 2013, when the Chromebook line is replenished.